February 24, 2018, 7:34 pm
The Lakers (24-34) head to Sacramento on Saturday to take on the Kings (18-40).
Sacramento is tied for the fewest wins in the league, but is coming off a tightly contested outing against the Oklahoma City Thunder, eventually falling 110-107 on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Russell Westbrook.
The rest of their season will be focused on developing their young players such as Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein, De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdonovic, while also fostering a competitive edge and sound basketball culture.
That being said, in their last game they were led by wily veteran Zach Randolph, who poured in 29 points and 12 rebounds on 12-of-23 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from downtown. The Lakers will need to pay close attention to him as he was vital to the Kings’ home victory over the Lakers earlier in the season.
The Lakers are coming off a well-played game in which they crushed the Dallas Mavericks 124-102. Los Angeles, one of the best interior scoring teams in the league, outscored the Mavericks 62-26 in the paint. They had strong performances all around but were led by Julius Randle, who collected his fifth career triple-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
Los Angeles was bolstered by the return of No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball, who contributed nine points, seven rebounds and six assists in only 17 minutes. He is not expected to play on Saturday as part of a planned day of rest as he recovers from a sprained MCL that had sidelined him since January 13. His absence means that fans will not have the opportunity to watch him duel with Fox, the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft.
However, the game is not without dramatic flair as Isaiah Thomas returns to Sacramento, the team that drafted him with the last overall pick in the 2011 draft. The Lakers recently acquired Thomas from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade deadline deal. He is still rounding in to shape as he recovers from a hip injury suffered during last year’s playoffs, when he was still a member of the Boston Celtics. He is coming off of his best game as a Laker (also his first game in front of the home crowd and first victory) in which he scored 17 points to go with four assists, two rebounds and two steals. Thomas is improving in each game as he becomes more acclimated schematically to his new team. He has shown particularly strong chemistry with young Laker big man Ivica Zubac — their growing connection, especially in the pick and roll, is something to keep an eye on in this contest.
– The Lakers score 107.6 points per game (10th) compared to the Kings, who are last in the league, scoring only 98.8 points per game.
– Los Angeles also has a large rebounding advantage on the season with 46.5 rebounds per game (2nd) vs. 40.4 rebounds per game (29th) for Sacramento. The Lakers are coming off a game in which they were particularly dominant on the glass, outrebounding the Mavericks 69-37.
-The two teams have very different strengths on offense. The Lakers excel at scoring in the paint, leading the league with 53.7 points in the paint per game while the Kings average 43.5 points per game in the paint (17th). The Kings forte lies in their 3-point shooting where they knock down 38.3 percent of their attempts vs. the Lakers who convert 33.4 percent (29th) from downtown.
– These teams are extremely different in their style of play — the Lakers lead the league in pace with 103.07 possessions per 48 minutes while the Kings are near the bottom in that metric with 97.30 possessions per 48 minutes (26th).
-Both teams struggle to convert their attempts from the free throw line with the Lakers shooting an abysmal 69.7 percent (30th) and Sacramento making 72.4 percent (28th) of their free throws.
Projected Starting Lineups
Brandon Ingram (PG)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG)
Josh Hart (SF)
Julius Randle (PF)
Brook Lopez (C)
De’Aaron Fox (PG)
Bogdan Bogdanovic (SG)
Justin Jackson (SF)
Zach Randolph (PF)
Willie Cauley-Stein (C)
Lonzo Ball (rest/MCL sprain) – OUT
Channing Frye (appendectomy) – OUT
Iman Shumpert (foot) – OUT
Kosta Koufos (illness) – QUESTIONABLE
Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – PROBABLE
De’Aaron Fox (pink eye) – PROBABLE
Time: 7:00 PM PST, 10:00 PM EST
Television: NBCSCA, SPECSN/SPECD
Radio: KHTK SPORTS 1140 AM, 710 AM ESPN, 1330 AM ESPN DEPORTES
February 26, 2020, 5:41 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo (right ankle sprain) has been downgraded to questionable ahead of Wednesday's matchup vs. the Wolves.
The Heat will welcome back Jimmy Butler on Wednesday but are now in jeopardy of being without their young All-Star. Chris Silva would become an intriguing low-cost DFS play if Adebayo doesn't end up playing while Kelly Olynyk could see some additional opportunity. Continue to monitor for updates ahead of tip-off.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 26, 2020, 5:36 pmDewayne DedmonC, Atlanta Hawks
Dewayne Dedmon has been downgraded to questionable ahead of Wednesday's tilt vs. the Magic as he deals with pain in his right elbow.
If Dedmon is unable to play on Wednesday, look for Bruno Fernando to start while Damian Jones see some time off the bench. Continue to monitor as we should learn more prior to the 7:30pm ET tip-off.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 26, 2020, 5:33 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton (right ankle soreness) will return to action for Wednesday’s matchup vs. the Hornets.
Payton will be able to play in his first game after the All-Star break, after missing the last two contests. He has proven to be the most reliable point guard that the Knicks have on their roster this season and should be rostered across standard formats as he is currently producing top-91/108 per-game value in 8/9-cat this season. Dennis Smith Jr. will head back to the bench but could see limited minutes with Frank Ntilikina (groin) sideline.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 26, 2020, 5:32 pmWayne EllingtonSG, New York Knicks
Wayne Ellington (illness) will face the Hornets on Wednesday.
Ellington has played sparingly over the last month and only has relevance in 30-team leagues at this time. He can be ignored across all other formats.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 26, 2020, 5:30 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier will make his first start since joining the Wizards on Wednesday as they take on the Nets.
Napier will earn his first start for the Wizards after coming off the bench in the last seven contests. If he takes over the starting role for the remainder of the season, he becomes a must-own fantasy asset across formats. Scoop him up if he is still on the wire. Ish Smith will likely see his value take a hit with this news.
Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 5:25 pmDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Dāvis Bertāns (right knee soreness) will play in Wednesday’s tilt vs. the Nets.
Bertāns will return to the floor on Wednesday after missing the Wizards' last game. Bertāns can be fired up across all formats. Moritz Wagner could see his minutes decrease with Dāvis back in the mix.
Source: Wizards PR on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 5:20 pmTristan ThompsonC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson will draw the start for Wednesday's game vs. the Sixers with Andre Drummond (left calf strain) sidelined.
Thompson will likely see additional value for as long as he gets starter-level minutes. However, the frontcourt situation is crowded in Cleveland as they also have Larry Nance Jr., Kevin Love and Cedi Osman.
Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 4:55 pmWilson ChandlerF, Brooklyn Nets
Wilson Chandler has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game vs. the Wizards due to personal reasons.
Chandler has averaged 21.3 minutes per game since returning from a 25-game suspension to start the season. He is only worth a roster spot in 18-team leagues or deeper at this time. Taurean Prince and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot will likely see additional minutes with Chandler out.
Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 4:41 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler (personal reasons) will make his return to action for Wednesday’s tilt vs. the Wolves.
Butler will return after a two-game absence and he should be locked in across formats as he has proven to be a 2nd/1st round talent in 8/9-cat formats. Kendrick Nunn, Goran Dragić and Jae Crowder will lose some value with Butler’s return to the lineup.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 4:37 pmMike ConleyPG, Utah Jazz
The Athletic is reporting that Mike Conley will remain in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Celtics while Joe Ingles will head to the bench.
It was previously reported that Royce O'Neale would be replacing Mike Conley in the starting lineup on Wednesday but it appears as if Conley is not being sent to the bench unit. Instead, the Jazz are choosing to have Joe Ingles come off the bench. The Jazz are looking to shake things up after losing three straight and they are definitely a team worth watching from a fantasy perspective. Continue to monitor this situation to see how the rotations shake out going forward.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter